February 26, 2013

APATHY: It's not the fluoride...

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  1. It's wrong to say fluoride is NOT a factor. Are you a biochemist or have you actually studied the biological impact of fluoride? Shall we consult the Google?

    "Fluoride ingestion has been associated with adverse health effects such as IQ deficits in children, depression, weight gain and heart disease. The "Journal of Applied Clinical Pediatrics" reports that "high fluoride intake has a damaging effect on intellectual ability," and human studies from China, India, Iran and Mexico found that elevated levels of fluoride in children resulted in reduced performance and impaired development of intelligence. The U.S. National Research Council has also found that fluoride affects normal endocrine function, which may contribute to hypothyroidism, or reduced activity of the thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism can lead to fatigue, depression, weight gain, hair loss, muscle pains and heart disease.

    Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/article/133760-side-effects-fluoride/#ixzz2M8T6KdOQ "

    So, there is evidence fluoride will make you depressed and suppress your thyroid gland which regulates metabolism and other aspects of human health. Sounds rather overwhelming to me.

    Many people do not suffer from any of the reasons you stated. They're NOT broke. They don't read the news. They don't have screaming kids. They don't watch TV. They just don't think about the big picture or connect any of the dots. Could lowered IQ and chemical depression be a factor? DUH.

  2. That response is so riddled with misinformation, confirmation bias, and other logical fallacies I don't even know where to start.

    First, that link you cite doesn't even exist. [you get a 404 error.] I doubt the other "studies" you cite even exist, especially since scientific consensus shows that 1ppm fluoride in your water actually has a net health BENEFIT, which relates to increased, lifelong dental health, which reduces chances for dental disease related complications later on, like blood infection, heart disease, etc.

    The next problem is confirmation bias: you assume that fluoride IS the reason why people don't care, and then look for evidence to support that, rather than looking at all available evidence, and then coming to a conclusion based on the evidence.

    And then you list a bunch of "facts" about fluoride, which are not supported by scientific consensus, like the debunked study that fluoride depresses IQ levels.

    And even then, there's no demonstration that fluoride causes apathy-- you're assuming linkage between low IQ and apathy-- which is not the case. I know people who suffered brain damage which decreased their IQ, and they are NOT apathetic.

  3. O my dear! Word. Well done Asher. Um, nice work there in rebuttal with first comment.